Online Dating Profile Tips – The Date Mix https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix Dating and Relationship Advice for Today's Daters Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5 POF Headlines for Women: How to Catch His Eye https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/pof-headlines-for-women/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:00:19 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15680 A trick for the lazy: Try using a quote.

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Have you experienced this moment before? You sign up for a dating site, you put in your name, give you age and height, find a great photo. You’re on a roll and getting excited to meet people when you get to the written section and you suddenly come to a screeching halt. Bottom line, it’s hard to write a dating profile. Some sites like Plenty of Fish (also known as POF) give you the opportunity to write a short headline, which can be a great way to catch someone’s eye, but it’s hard to boil yourself down to one sentence. That’s why I’m here to help.

If you want to write a pof headline that makes you stand out from the crowd, here are a few POF headlines for women along with a few quick tips to help you write your own.

1. Don’t say something just because it sounds good.
This should go without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, any profile headline you write should be a reflection of who you are. If you’re not very flirty but have a great idea for a flirty headline, you might want to think about something that’s a bit more true to who you are. On the flip side, if you like being a little sexy and flirty, don’t be afraid to let that part of you shine. Online dating is about attracting someone who’s going to be attracted to you too.

Examples:
I make the best guacamole you’ve ever tasted.
Work hard, play hard, live strong.
I’m a little bit country, and a lot rock and roll.
I like to think of myself as a not-so-hopeless romantic.

2. Share something random about yourself.
The point of a headline is to stand out and get attention so if you do the same old “Single mom looking for someone special” you may get lost in the crowd. Instead of using the old personals format of “Single female looking for…” in your POF headline, try pulling out a random fact about yourself. Even if it’s a little silly or weird, the right guy will find it delightful.

Examples:
I can drink coffee at 9:30 and still go to bed at 10:00.
My favorite song is Love Me Like a Rock. What’s yours?
Sometimes I miss nap time and recess.
I’m a sucker for a good smile and a man who can dance.

3. Don’t be afraid to get a little philosophical.
Sometimes people are afraid to get real in a dating profile, but it’s those moments that can really attract someone to you. Make an effort to give more than a surface-level introduction. Be honest about who you are and your philosophy in life. If you have something to say about your beliefs, then say it.

Examples:
Taking every day for what it is… wonderful.
I don’t trust people who say they don’t have regrets.
I’m still trying to figure out what I believe in.
Following God’s path. Excited where it will take me.

4. List your favorite things.
One of the easiest ways to make a great headline is by listing off a few of your favorite things. They can be big or small, important or trivial, but it’s the small details about the things you enjoy that can help tell someone more about who you are and what you’re looking for.

Examples:
Flip flops, the smell of sunscreen, and someone like you.
Lazy Sundays, family dinners, and red vines.
My dog, my hiking boots, my kind of day.
Country music, home cooking, and tired kids.

5. Reference something you love. 
Do you have a favorite book, movie, or TV show you can quote at the drop of a hat? Use one of your favorite song lyrics or a joke from a good movie. You can quote it word-for-word or put your own spin on it.

Examples:
I solemnly swear I am up to no good.
You know how to whistle don’t you?
My apartment smells of rich mahogany.
You think you know but you have no idea.

Coming up with the perfect POF headline can be hard but it’s also a chance to be a little creative. Try different headlines and see what feels best. You never know what might attract the right guy’s eye.

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POF Headlines for Men: Examples to Attract Women https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/pof-headlines-for-men-examples/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:11 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15542 Learn what to say to catch her eye.

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There are few things harder then trying to tell someone about yourself. Whether you’re in a job interview, introducing yourself at a party, or writing a bio for a social media site, it’s hard to come up with something that sums yourself up in a few short lines. And when you’re on an online dating site the pressure is even higher—you really want your description to be impressive. Sites like Plenty of Fish (also known as POF) give you the opportunity to write a short headline, which can be great, but it’s hard to know what to say. To help you stand out from the crowd, we came up with these examples of POF headlines for men along with a few quick tips to help you write your own.

Here are 5 tips to help you write a pof headline that attracts women along with some examples:

1. Make sure your headline fits your personality. 
First off, a disclaimer… Any profile headline you write should fit you and who you are. If you’re not a very funny guy and tend to be more laid back, then choose a laid back headline. Likewise, if you’re a goofball, don’t be afraid to get a little silly. Online dating is about attracting someone who’s going to be attracted to you and who you are, so show some of your personality.

Examples:
I would never put baby in a corner. Never.
Hunting, fishing, and loving every day.
Let’s get out and do something together.
Hi, my name is Mark. Can’t wait to meet you.

2. Share something random about yourself.
The point of a headline is to stand out and get attention so if you do something too everyday, you may just get lost in the shuffle. Instead of the usual “Great guy looking for a great girl” POF headlines try pulling out a random fact about yourself and go from there.

Examples:
I can’t dance. But I’ll give it a try for the right woman.
Just got my EMT certification. Looking to celebrate.
I play the uke and I’m taking requests.
Lived abroad for a year. Guess where.

3. Don’t be afraid to get a little philosophical.
Because so many dating profiles tend to be the same, someone who reveals a little bit more about themselves or is honest about who they are and their philosophy in life can make a big impact. Think about how you feel about life and our place in it and if you have something to say, then say it.

Examples:
I haven’t read my favorite book yet.
Here to help others along their journey.
Not all who wander are lost but I certainly am.
Trying my best to make people smile.

4. Make a list of favorite things.
One of the easiest ways to make a great headline is simply listing off a few of your favorite things. They can be big or small, important or trivial, but it’s the small details about the small things you enjoy that can help tell someone more about who you are and what you’re looking for.

Examples:
IPAs, sunny days, new trails, and new people.
Live music, long weekends, and challenges.
Strangers on trains, old friends, and new adventures.
Sunday football, sarcasm, and great stories.

5. Obscure references are the best kinds.
Do you have a favorite book, movie, or TV show you can quote at the drop of a hat? Try pulling one of your favorite song lyrics or SNL jokes and reformatting it to a dating profile headline. You’d be surprised how much fun it can be.

Examples:
The sound of my own wheels drives me crazy.
Wookin pa nub in all the wrong places.
Just a good old boy, never meaning no harm.
I’ll walk the line.

Coming up with the perfect POF headline can be hard but it’s also a chance to be a little creative. Try different headlines and see what feels best!

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5 Things the Best Online Dating Profiles Have in Common https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/best-online-dating-profile/ Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:31 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15593 Are you using your photo gallery to its full potential?

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As an online dating coach I’ve probably read well over 20 thousand dating profiles over the past decade. Along the way, I’ve read a lot of incredible profiles and today I’m going to share the five traits the best online dating profiles have in common. If you want to take your online dating profile to the next level, use this list as a guide to help you get started.

1. The best dating profiles rise above the norm.
Most online dating profiles fall into one of three categories—cliche, boring, or just plain bad. It’s your job to rise above that by crafting a profile that truly makes your personality shine.

When you meet someone  in person they have little quirks, mannerisms, interests, unique qualities, and ways of speaking and acting that make them stand out from other people. No two people are the same and it’s these differences that catch our attention and attract us to each other.

And yet, a lot of people on online dating sites and apps appear to be exactly the same. This is something you need to avoid. When you write your profile, inject your unique personality into it so that it paints a distinct picture of someone memorable and unique. Give people a reason to remember you.

2. The best dating profiles understand their audience.
Most people have a short attention span. Real short. I mean, I took three coffee breaks, ate six  doughnuts, and had a mini existential crisis before I even finished this sentence. When it comes to your online dating profile, you have a window of just a few seconds to draw your audience in, so every detail matters. To increase the odds of someone reading your entire profile, try employing the following tactics:

– Provide  structure instead of having one long paragraph.
– Make it playful and add humor.
– Talk directly to the reader and be casual and conversational.
– Be personable and avoid cliches.  

3. The best online dating profiles create FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
When I first saw my wife’s profile several years back, I couldn’t get her off my mind. I thought about her when I wasn’t online, looked at her profile and pictures multiple times prior to meeting, and was nothing short of excited to meet her.

Her profile wasn’t just well written and her pictures weren’t just attractive. The entire persona displayed was so great that I had a fear of missing out on the chance to meet her.

This is what the best online dating profiles are able to accomplish. They paint a picture that is diverse, fun, unique, well-rounded, and so interesting that people don’t just want to meet you, but they fear not meeting you.

4. Maximize your photo gallery to its fullest potential.
Having attractive photos will go a long way and will likely be enough to catch people’s attention. But we aren’t here just to get attention, we want to help you find someone you’re actually interested in meeting for a date.

In order to do so, you need to maximize the potential of your photo gallery by revealing as much of yourself as you can. Every photo you post is your chance to communicate different personality traits, hobbies, and stories about yourself. Use this opportunity to the fullest.

You always want to have one picture where you look your absolute best, but other than that, strive to show yourself in situations that are fun, unique, or windows into your personality.

Family pictures, vacation pictures, adventure pictures, animal pictures, etc., are all examples of how you can maximize the potential of your photo gallery by revealing things about yourself.

5. Stay positive.
At the end of the day, positive vibes are what it’s all about. When someone reads your profile it should exude positivity and optimism. This is what people are attracted to. Well, at least the ones worth meeting!

Be enthusiastic and communicate that you’re a happy person and excited about the process of meeting someone special. Negative vibes or lists of what you don’t want in a partner have no place in an online dating profile. Always focus on what you do want when you write your profile, not what you don’t want.

 

Joshua Pompey is an online dating expert and founder of joshuapompey.com where he creates custom made profiles for men and women. Learn more and sign up for a free profile evaluation.

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Short Dating Profile Examples: Over 30 Fun Bios https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/short-dating-profile-examples/ Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:00:39 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15251 Because on some apps, less is more.

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Similar to how explaining a joke ceases to make it funny, overkill in your dating profile can suck the intrigue out or a first encounter. Too much information can come off as overbearing, leave you with a conversation void on a first date, or simply take up way too much of your time and energy. Below are over 30 short dating profile examples and ideas for some short and sweet approaches to writing your bio that will help you knock this annoying task off your list and get you swiping sooner.

Approach 1: Keep It To The Facts
If you had to whittle yourself down to an elevator conversation, what would make the cut? Three to five quick and essential thoughts in your About Me will do the trick, so long as they’re memorable enough for someone to remember you.

1. Natural redhead, unnaturally good at limbo contests, hates seafood but loves goldfish crackers

2. Top 5 movies: Amelie, Se7en, Moulin Rouge, The Emperor’s New Groove, Wet Hot American Summer.

3. I have a twin brother, no he doesn’t look like me, DO NOT EVEN ASK IF WE ARE IDENTICAL.

4. My #1 vacation destination is the Minnesota State Fair, and I don’t understand why it doesn’t make more appearances on Insider.

5. I majored in art. I work as a writer. One Art Degree for sale, perfect condition, $35,000 OBO.

6. I’m afraid of heights, and I can’t swim, so let’s do some land activities.

Pick A Fave And Roll With It
Is there a movie you know every line to? An album that shaped your entire adult identity? A hobby you turned into an Etsy empire? Share a quick blurb about it. Those who respond will find a huge part of your life intriguing, and that’s a great place to start.

7. All I want is someone who can sing the Elephant Love Medley Duet from Moulin Rouge with me. My sister could do it, but she always makes me be the boy.

8. You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted a bacon peanut butter chocolate malt from Five Guys. If you’d like to argue with me, I’d be HAPPY to do a taste test.

9. I know every word of the ten-season run of Friends by heart, and my next goal in life is to watch them en Español until I know Spanish.

10. What’s your favorite Jonas Brothers song and why? Mine is Good Night and Goodbye, and in the following dissertation I will explain in detail why they were the best boy band of all time. (cont.)

11. Three years ago I started a book club. We mostly read wine labels.

12. My mood is either the end of Monument Valley, or the end of Inside. Never in between.

13. Sriracha makes everything better.

 

Obscure References FTW
If you’re not that into pleasantries and small talk, this is a great way to comb through the weeds when it comes to meaningful connections. Go with a line from a TV show that always busts your gut, a not-so-famous historical quote that you identify with, or a nod to your neighborhood’s best kept secret, and those who get the reference are automatically in the club.

14. 42

15. People tend to overlook Vince Vaughn’s most brilliant and nuanced work as “Luke Zoolander.”

16. Do you think Postmates will deliver me a plate of chicken drummies from the Nan’s menu circa 1994?

17. I’m more of a Russ than a Ross.

18. I shot first.

19. Oh to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free, silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands, with all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves; let me forget about today until tomorrow…

 

Lead With A Teaser
Some may call this click bait, but hey, whatever opens the door to conversation… Tell a joke, but leave out the punch line, post a pic of you with a celebrity and a caption alluding to the insane story, anything that comes off as quirky or intriguing will leave people dying to chat with you.

20. I dare you to ask me what happened when I met Snoop Dogg at a wrestling event in New York City.

21. Look I’m not good at a lot of things, but I can do my make up to look exactly like Blanche Devereaux from Golden Girls, so we should go clubbing.

22. What’s the best thing about living in Switzerland?

23. I have the greatest idea for an app of all time, please inquire if you’re interested in investment opportunities.

24. A/S/L? …No I don’t want to know yours, I want you to guess mine.

25. Of all the things you could walk out of a Jonas Brothers Meet and Greet with, you wouldn’t think it would be a banana. And yet…

 

Let Your Social Do The Talking
Your social media accounts likely give a pretty well rounded view of who you are as a person, so skipping the cheesy intros and just linking to or referencing the one you’re most active on cuts out the boring middle man. Plus it gives your potentials permission to stalk you, which, let’s be real, they were going to do anyway. At least this way, you own it.

26. Share your top pinned tweet—It’s usually the one that has gotten the most attention. Mine says “I’m tired the way old people are tired at the end of their lives.”

27. Link to your Instagram page—fire selfies and all the delicious food you could be cooking for your future partner… it’s a no-brainer.

28. Download and share a particularly good Snapchat story—Nobody wouldn’t love a 14 second snap of your roommate’s cat being a weirdo.

29. Share the results of your latest Buzzfeed quiz—In case you were wondering, based on my favorite kind of bread, Ryan Gosling is my husband.

30. Link to your list of Twitter faves—They’ll get a good sense of what makes you laugh, your political stance, or whatever it is you choose to focus on on a regular basis.

31. Share the latest Facebook-generated word cloud you made—the center of my last one was my mom’s name, which I know isn’t that appealing, but it’s a conversation starter to say the least.

 

You can use any of these approaches or a combination to get you started on a short, but sweet dating profile bio, but no matter which approach you take, the key is to be warm, fun, and engaging. If you can infuse some humor or an interesting talking point into your description, people are going to want to get to know you.

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13 Ways to Make Sure You Have the Best Profile Picture https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/best-profile-picture/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:57 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15061 How to take, choose, and edit your photos to get the best results.

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Duckface selfies. Cartoon filters. Shirtless gym pics. These photos won’t actually win you matches on dating sites. People are looking for an authentic date with a well-rounded life, so how do you make sure you show people who you really are? By choosing the best profile picture.

In the world of online dating, you have a much shorter time frame to make a good impression, mere seconds to capture someone’s attention. Because of this, choosing what images to add to your online dating profile should be a thoughtful process.

Here are thirteen expert tips from popular dating platforms and academic studies for taking, choosing, , and editing a memorable dating profile picture.

Tips for Taking Your Profile Pictures:

1. Show your  natural smile.
Khalid S. Khan and Sameer Chaudhry, researchers from the University of North Texas and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, examined multiple studies and found that a photo with a real, genuine smile attracts people more. You likely passed over this type of smile in your photo album because it squinches your eyes, making them smaller and highlighting crow’s-feet. It’s an attractive facial expression, though, because it displays true happiness.

2. Men: Look away and show your abs.
The website Big Think interviewed Sam Yagan, CEO of the dating site OkCupid, and learned that profile pictures trend better for men when they’re unsmiling and looking away from the camera. Potential matches also love pictures of guys who post ab shots, but only “really nice abs.”

3. Women: Wear red and show a little cleavage.
Women, don’t underestimate a red dress—Khan and Chaudhry also discovered that potential suitors love when women wear red. Big Think reported that women also fare better when they look straight at the camera. And showing skin is considered attractive; women who show cleavage do much better than those who dress more conservatively. Cleavage-baring photos rank 24% better for women in their early 20s and 79% better for women in their 30s.

4. Wait for the optimal time.
OkCupid found that people who take their best photos during the late-night and late-afternoon hours get more attention on the site. This could be because late-night photos tend to be sexier, and late-afternoon photos are ideally lit when the light is soft, heading into the sunset golden hour.

5. Turn the flash off.
A camera’s flash adds seven years, OkCupid also reports, making you appear much older in photos. So make sure the flash is off before you start snapping. Natural, soft light from the sun hides blemishes and aging effects like wrinkles, and you avoid flash glare like red eyes.

6. Add a full-body shot.
A shot taken of your full body where a romantic partner can get a good view of your body type can get you up to 203% more incoming messages according dating profile data from the online dating site and app Zoosk. Additionally, members with a full-body photo also get more replies to their messages—33% more than the average. .

Tips for Choosing the Best Profile Pictures:

7. Avoid group shots.
Data from Zoosk also reveals that people who use group shots on their dating profile—especially as their lead image—receive 42% fewer messages than those who post pictures of just themselves.

8. Leave the pets out.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a cat or dog person, potential daters don’t like pet photos. Zoosk also found  that poses with a dog or cat generate 53% fewer messages.

9. Show off your adventures.
According to the dating app Hinge, photos that receive the most likes are shot candidly or show you participating in sports. Women who post a sports photo are 166% more likely to receive a like, while men are 45% more likely to receive a like. Avoid beach photos, though. Men are 80% less likely to receive a like on a beach photo, while women are 47% less likely.

Tips for Editing Your Profile Pictures:

10. Ge creative.
People rarely post black-and-white photos, but Hinge says they trend well. Black-and-white photos receive 106% more likes than their original color counterparts.

11. Add more photos.
The more photos you add, the more incoming messages you receive according to Zoosk. But the magic number is four. . Daters who have four or more photos on their profiles receive the most incoming messages. And, as an added bonus, they also have longer conversations.

12. Ask for an outside opinion.
Once you’ve come up with a strong variety of photos you want to post, ask a friend to help narrow down your top choices. Some research has found that people rarely pick the most flattering pictures of themselves for their dating profile; strangers actually do a much better job. If you aren’t comfortable asking a stranger for their opinion, at least have a friend scroll through your photos and select their favorites.

Your online dating pictures need to capture a 360-degree perspective of your life. Photos are just the beginning to potential romance, so don’t post pictures hiding behind sunglasses or faking a trendy lifestyle. Genuine will always be more appealing to a perfect match—and you won’t have to explain why you don’t look like your profile picture on your first date.

 

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Online Dating Profile Examples for Women https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/online-dating-advice/online-dating-profile-tips/online-dating-profile-examples-for-women/ Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:45:27 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=14741 Some of the best dating profiles for women and tips on what makes them great.

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When someone asks you to describe yourself what do you think of first? Your name, your job, or maybe your hobbies. But do these things really explain who you are or show your personality? Not really. As a writer at the popular online dating site Zoosk, I’ve read countless online dating profiles examples for women and men. Some have been good, others, well, not so much. But along the way I’ve learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work.

These online dating profile examples for women will show you a few ways to use the normal details of your life to create a profile that’s different, unique, and a more accurate depiction of who you are. As you write your own profile, use them for inspiration and keep these tips in mind.

 

Three online dating profile examples for women in their 20s and 30s.

WhoYaGonnaCall, 25
Bill Murray Movies. Adventures. Fancy Cheese. If you like any of these three things, we’ll get along great. If you like all three, you could just be the love of my life. Either way, I’m a fun-loving girl who’s new to the city and looking to meet some nice people. If you’d like to get together sometime, send me your favorite Bill Murray quote and we can start chatting.

ToniaGoesWest, 29
I like my artsy with a little bit of fartsy. I love Sundays spent drinking massive amounts of coffee and lingering over newspapers and comics (yes, I read comics). And my Friday nights? Well you’ll just have to wait and see won’t you? Favorite Movie: An American Tale: Fievel Goes West. What can I say? I love that damn mouse and always had a thing for cowboys. Favorite Place: The fort I made in my basement when I was 11. My parents let me keep that thing up for a full eight  months and it was magic. Favorite Food: Cheetos. Puffs. I don’t know what y’all are thinking with that crunchy crap.

LetsGo, 33
You know that person in your group of friends who is always planning something but maybe gets a little too crazy about it sometimes? Well, that’s me. I’m an event planner by trade and love everything about it. Putting together experiences for people is great, but I like to create my own too! Perfect dates are going for a hike, followed by a visit to a new local brewery or trying a new dinner spot and taking a walk nearby. I work hard during the week, fill my weekends with activities, and definitely can be a big ball of energy at times. I’m looking for a guy who can keep up and keep me on my toes.

Tip #1: Details Details Details
If you want to help someone get a sense of who you are, it’s the little things that really count. Out of all our tips, my number one (for men and woman) is to add details to your profile. You can say you love to cook or you can share your go-to dish or talk about a recipe you’re experimenting with. One makes you sound like everyone else, the other makes you stand out. It’s the details that make your profile come alive.

Tip #2: Give Them an In
This next tip is especially for women—If you add a question or a conversation starter for the person looking at your profile to message you about, it can really help someone break the ice and message you first. It’s hard coming up with ways to start a conversation that aren’t the same tired, “Hi, how are you tonight?” messages. So help people out! Tell them to share their favorite book, tell you the last hike they went on, or to elaborate on something you’re interested in. You’ll get a lot more messages and have better conversations.

Tip #3: Lists Are Your Friend
If you’re not the best writer in the world, try listing out your hobbies, facts about yourself, or your favorite things. Lists are an effective and quick way to get your personality across that’s easy for other people to read and scan. Plus, they’re kind of fun and give people way more things to start a conversation with you about.

 

Three online dating profile examples for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.

NotYourAverageJane, 28
Shiny things distract me, people-watching is a favorite pastime, I live for the moments you can’t put into words, and few things transcend a cup of coffee and someone to share it with. On the weekends you can usually find me in a friend’s backyard, drinking a beer and waiting for something good to come off the grill but I love to use my Sundays to get out and exercise and get ready for the week ahead too.

CallMeCrazy, 38
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” -Charles Bukowski
I’m an outgoing lady who loves nightlife, weekend adventures, dancing, karaoke (I do an amazing Carrie Underwood), getting out on the lake, and meeting new people. I probably change my mind about a thousand times a day and will keep you on your toes, but I like to think I’m worth it. For one, I’m an amazing cook if I do say so myself, and love to try out new recipes. There’s just nothing better then getting creative and making something that you can also eat. It’s the best kind of art.

LocalsOnly, 42
Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world…  That’s right, I’m a local girl. Born and raised. I moved away to the city for a while for work but couldn’t be happier to be back in town with a new gig and a bit more experience behind me. I absolutely love sports and am happiest when I’m outside making myself tired. Whether it’s playing in a softball league, going for a morning run, playing soccer in the backyard with my two boys, or tossing the football around, I’m all about it.

Tip #4: Go Ahead and Get a Little Weird
With so many people out there, you want to stand out from the crowd so don’t be afraid to showcase what’s ‘weird’ or different about you. Do you have an odd laugh? Freak out at scary movies? Are you blunt and to-the-point? Let people know! Even if it turns some people off, you’ll turn the right person on. Like Dr. Seuss once said, “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Which brings me to my next tip…

Tip #5: Use a Quote
If you have a favorite quote or song lyric, add it in. Quotes can be a great way to get your personality across and show people what you believe in without having to explain it all yourself. Still not sure what to say? Check out our list of over 100 online dating profile quotes for some ideas.

Tip # 6: Give the What and the Why
Don’t just say what you love, say why you love it. It’s easy to say you love hiking or being outside, but telling people that you love the outdoors because seeing a mountain makes you feel small and insignificant, but in a good way or that hiking helps you push yourself to your limits, helps them get to know who you really are and makes your description more compelling and unique.

 

Three online dating profile examples for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

LovelyLady, 54
About me huh…  Well, I’d probably smile and say hi to you if we were strangers passing on the street. I believe in kindness, empathy, holding open doors, putting your phone away at dinner, and always making time to listen to a friend. And to throw you a loop… I’m really into the worst kind of horror movies, just the really really bad ones. Guts. Gore. All of it. If you’ve ever heard of Suspiria, please message me right now because we need to talk.

NoBadDays, 34
Sometimes I feel like I’m an amature everything. I cook, road bike, paint occasionally, blog even less often, love snow sports, and am always looking to try new things and learn new things… but I never really master anything! I like to think that makes my resume diverse, but you can give me a hard time about it if you’d like. If you can quote Neil Gaiman, keep up with me on a road bike, and show me something I haven’t tried before you should definitely message me.

NurseJen, 40
You should probably know that I somehow manage to spill guacamole on myself every time I eat it, which is often. If you can get past that, you’ll probably enjoy getting to know me. I’m a nurse practitioner and I absolutely love my job and my patients. It’s hard work, but I bring a lot of energy to what I do and always have some leftover to get into trouble on the weekends at my fav. local bar. (If you play your cards right, maybe we can meet there.)

Tip #7: Leave Them Wanting More
In the past, online dating profiles read almost like a resume—the point was to outline everything about yourself like you were writing a long cover letter. Now things have changed and you don’t need to say a lot in order to attract the right person. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. Your profile is a preview of who you are, not the whole picture. Give people a reason to message you to learn more.

Tip #8: Be More Than One Thing
If you love your job, you should definitely talk about it but make sure that’s not ALL you talk about. Same goes for your hobbies and even your kids or family. You’re more than one thing, there’s a lot that goes into what makes you who you are. So make sure your profile reflects that!

Tip #9: Get a Little Silly
Trying to be funny while writing is hard, but one of the most attractive things for both men and women is someone who has a good sense of humor and can be fun. Don’t feel like you have to tell an actual joke, but try sharing something silly or a little weird about yourself. It doesn’t have to be hilarious, but a light-hearted anecdote can go a long way towards showing people that you’re a fun, friendly, and approachable person.

 

Three online dating profile examples for women in their 20s and 30s.

MissPrym, 23
Lately I’ve been really into Paulo Coelho novels. I read The Alchemist when I was in college but I’m excited to find that his other stuff is amazing too. If you have any book recommendations, send them my way. I’m a voracious reader and love talking books. Currently, working on my master’s in education and living downtown, which I love. Live music is one of my other weaknesses. I’ll see just about anyone but lately I’ve been checking out the free Thursday shows at Greyson’s.

WanderingNotLost, 26
I’ve been traveling throughout South America for the past three years, after working for Americorp teaching English. Getting to know so many other people and cultures has been a truly amazing experience but… I missed home! So now I’m back with more stories to tell and a whole lot of decisions to make about what I want to do next. It’s an exciting time and I’m stoked to soak up more experiences and get to know more people. Plus, I cannot tell you how much I missed a good burger. Delicious!

HopelessRomantic, 38
Ok, I’m not sure what to say but here are some fun facts for you:
– My dad was a military man and I couldn’t be prouder to be his daughter.
– I plan to open my own business in the next year or so.
– Once I ate a whole watermelon by myself because of a friend’s dare. It was surprisingly hard.
– My favorite beer is whatever IPA is on tap.
– I’m a cat person. They’re just so independent and furry.
– I really don’t have a type. As long as you have something interesting to say, I want to hear it.
-I’m a little old fashioned. If you open a door for me, I will melt.

Tip #10: Put Your Passion Out There
Some of the best dating profiles I’ve seen are profiles where the person opens up about things they’re passionate about. Maybe it’s about her dog or kids, maybe it’s her job or a favorite book, sports team, or restaurant—when someone can’t help but get passionate about something it’s interesting and attractive. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to open up or geek out about something you love.

Tip #11: Keep Conversation in Mind
Your profile isn’t just your first impression, in many ways it’s also the beginning of the conversation you’ll have with someone. If someone’s interested in messaging you, they’ll often go to your profile to find clues and hints of what to talk about, so as you’re writing about yourself think of things you could bring up that will make it easier for someone to come up to you. Whether it’s a favorite book, your relationship with your family, or the fact that you’re planning a vacation, little details they can ask you more about or comment on will make you more approachable. 

Tip #12: If You Have a Story, Tell It
If you’ve been on an adventure, are in the middle of a life-change, or have had some experiences that are worth sharing, go for it! Maybe you’ve moved to a new city, recently changed careers, are going back to school, just became a grandparent, or had your kids graduate and leave home. Chances are there are other people out there going through the same thing and you’ll have something to talk about.

If you’re still looking for more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board of online dating profile examples to see more online dating profiles examples for women.

 

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